Lions, Vikings could be forced to reschedule

It seems that just about all of Detroit is rooting for the Tigers in the final days of the American League baseball season, but it's doubtful anybody is rooting harder than Lions executive vice president and COO Tom Lewand.

ALLEN PARK -- It seems that just about all of Detroit is rooting for the Tigers in the final days of the American League baseball season, but it's doubtful anybody is rooting harder than Lions executive vice president and COO Tom Lewand.

For one thing, Lewand is a baseball fan. For the second, it would make life considerably less complicated for the Lions if the Tigers outlasted the Minnesota Twins in the race for the AL Central Division title.

It seems if the Twins win the AL Central, there is a possibility they will be hosting game five of the ALDS at the Metrodome in Minneapolis on Oct. 8, the day the Lions and Vikings are scheduled to meet in an NFL North division game.

Because the Twins have precedence, it means the Lions-Vikings game would have to be rescheduled. Either the game would be moved to Monday night, Oct. 9, or the Lions and Vikings would have to swap home dates. They would move the Oct. 8 game to Detroit and they would play Dec. 10 in Minneapolis.

"We've prepared ourselves for several different contingencies," Lewand said.

The Lions would strongly oppose an exchange of home dates, however, because it would mean they would be playing four of their final five games on the road.

More likely, the game would be played on Monday night, on short notice. It would still be an inconvenience but it would seem to be the lesser of two evils."

Lewand's first choice?

"I'm still rooting hard for the Tigers," Lewand said, with a grin.


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